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Performances Song History

Phase Dance

Music: Pat Matheny

Vocals: Instrumental

Original Artist: Pat Metheny Group

Original Album: Pat Metheny Group (1978)

Debut: 1988-02-07

Historian: Ellis Godard

Trey was never slack in picking heroes or cover songs. In Pat Metheny’s “Phase Dance,” he found some genius of both types. Each of Phish’s four known performances (9/27/87, 2/7/88, and 2/8/88, 2/26/88) pales in comparison to the original, but they illustrate Trey’s reach, and have no doubt helped expose some hippies to crucial contemporary jazz. 

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